Getting into college is about more than grades and SAT scores. It's about demonstrating your ability to find and create unique opportunities. After all, as I wrote in The Two Biggest Mistakes Students Make on Their College Applications, the advantage of attending a top school isn't the quality of the book learning. It's the abundance of resources and faculty that you wouldn't have access to anywhere else.
Moreover, colleges are looking for students with an interesting story -- students who have actively worked to fill their lives with passion, adventure and meaning.
Eva Glasrud completed her B.A. and M.A. at Stanford. She is now a college counselor and life coach for gifted youth.